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Results - Week Ending 19/02/2017

posted 22 Feb 2017, 00:19 by Webmaster BADGERS

HORTON HAMMERS OUT HALF MARATHON RECORD

It was very much a case of master and pupil at the weekend as in-form BADGERS runners Chris Horton and Matt Tonks both produced sparkling runs at the Wrexham Half Marathon on Sunday. It was the apprentice Horton who delivered one of the best performances of his career to date, storming to a new club half marathon record under the masterful tutelage of friend and team-mate Tonks, whose guidance has enabled the slightly younger Horton to achieve some fine results recently. The 42 year olds took full advantage of the fast flat north Wales course as Horton finished in a staggering 79:25 knocking a full half minute off the previous best set by Damo Taylor last year while Tonks weighed in with a superb 80:25. In a particularly high quality field of almost 1400 runners, Tonks narrowly missed his personal best set here two years prior but incredibly still ran over two minutes faster than his vets club record set last October.

The longest runs of the weekend were at the 28.2 mile Railway Ultra Marathon set in Coalport, Shropshire where the glamourous Karen Thompson and the cerebral Liz Peel continued their assault on long distance events by clocking up yet another notch on the way to 100. Thompson finished in a fine 4:49 with her good friend Peel just a minute behind.

Elsewhere, Vicky Cawley ran an excellent time in tough conditions at the Kibworth 6 in Leicestershire and David Earp successfully completed his first ever duathlon at the Arden Attack event in Studley, finishing in 1:43:35.

MUDDIED BLISS

Mr & Mrs Chetwynd - BADGERS
There was a large turnout of BADGERS at the penultimate Cross Country league race held at Allestree on Sunday, although not necessarily a healthy contingent as the race followed the wedding the day before of two popular club members, Aaron Chetwynd and Sarah Jane Fletcher, who began married life by running in the event before heading off on honeymoon! Ryan Bennett still managed to put in a terrific shift as he continued his superb form slugging his way to a highly creditable 6th place despite a wrong turn! Danny Warren showed his quality with another good run in 18th while Chetwynd himself ran a great race, presumably still full of adrenaline from the day before. The plucky Chris Baxter tried hard while Dave Jackson was once again a model of bravery as he guided Glyn Broadhurst round to safety, skipper Adi Payne, the speedy Simon Gilbert, mud merchant Carl Holyoak, veteran Rob Crow and young youth Kristaps Vizbulis all put in solid performances as did the trusty Eamon Thawley, Brendan Ford and the resurgent Dave Jarvis. Other runners included Stuart Walton, David Craig, Stuart Youngs, Simon Currier, Ian Smith and Dewi Powell.

The women’s team did particularly well as young Charlotte Hopkins made her debut on the challenging XC circuit. Nicki Bowman and daughter Lily ran hard while Jo Davies and Cheryl Dewis also performed exceptionally well. Dawn Cross, Jo Hardy and Sarah Jane Chetwynd battled hard through the mud to the delight of returning Captain Rachael Bunting while Angela Stallings and the ever popular Serena Baker did splendidly as they skipped through the sludge with comprehensive gay abandon.

There was plenty of action at various Parkruns, none further afield than Anne Marie Matthews down where it all started in Bushy. Chris Baxter made light of his recent bout of tendinitis by claiming a strong first place at Walsall Arboretum in 17:09. Matt Tonks grabbed a creditable 2nd place at Rosliston in 18:32 while Stuart Batchelor nailed a course best at neighbouring Conkers in 22:36, finishing ahead of fellow BADGERS Jason Husselbee-Orwin and Stuart Walton. Richard Hill and Jared Karim travelled to the rapid Long Eaton course while Andy Smith, Yvonne Faulkner (26:53 - PB) and Anne Marie Currier all got safely round at Coventry. The remainder of action was at Kingsbury Water Park where Glyn Broadhurst led the side home beating off Dave Jackson in a furious finish. Aaron Chetwynd, Adi Payne and Ian Smith all broke 20 minutes while Neil Gourlay made a welcome return to action in 51st place. Esther Holyoak was first lady back ahead of the hard working Jo Davies. Dave Jarvis, Carl Holyoak, David Craig and Rob Crow all ran solid times with John Hanson slowly but surely continuing his positive directional trend. Pete Boardman returned to the fray after serious injury while Sharon Whitehead too made an emotional return. Fay Casey, Paul Restall, Dave Bailey, John Dulson, Rosie Harding and Karen Missen ran well as did Jenna Shaw and Lorna Jackson. Dan Welch also made it round.

BADGER of the Week

Group A - 14/02/17
Martin Barrett & Ben Satchell

Group B - 14/02/17
John Hanson

Group C - 14/02/17
Sharon Whitehead